Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to an increase in telehealth options for patients.
Mayo Clinic Health System held a virtual discussion about the advantages of tele-health.
Including more options for scheduling appointments and allowing those with mobility issues to see a doctor sooner.
One Mayo official says the COVID-19 crisis forced them to adapt at a rapid rate.
Before COVID-19, about four percent of visits were virtual.
During the height of the pandemic, virtual visits jumped to 85 percent.
Dr. Steve Ommen, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Chair of The Connected Care Committee said, “We kind of think that 20% is the new basement, and it’s going to continue to grow from there actually. So, 20% is where we landed, and actually, mayo clinic is caring for more patients day-in-day-out today than we were in February of 2020, because we we’re taking care of patients in a different way.”